Climate Cast

27 EpisodesProduced by Minnesota Public RadioWebsite

MPR News meteorologist Paul Huttner with the latest research on our changing climate.

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How bad will this winter be in Minnesota? Could go either way

September 12th, 2019


Farmers' Almanac is predicting one heck of a winter. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is putting out a neutral forecast. And then …

Hurricane Dorian's wrath is linked to climate change

September 5th, 2019


Hurricane Dorian parked itself over the Bahamas for three days, causing massive flooding and wind damage. It turns out atmospheric conditions linked to climate change are causing more and more hurricanes to move slowly …

Carbon offsets 101: How they work and how to get the biggest bang for your buck

August 29th, 2019


You can pay to offset your carbon emissions. But how do carbon offsets work? And how do you know they're offsetting your carbon emissions?

Chemical fingerprints point to fracking as culprit behind new methane emissions

August 22nd, 2019


Scientists have been debating what's behind a recent spike in methane emissions. A new study ties the spike to shale gas emitted through fracking, and sounds the alarm for reducing natural gas use.

The promise -- and perceived peril -- of bringing green amenities to low-income communities

August 8th, 2019


The Minneapolis Foundation has awarded its first round of grants to involve low-income, diverse communities in climate change initiatives. One would …

Former Vice President Al Gore talks climate change solutions in the Twin Cities

August 2nd, 2019


MPR News chief meteorologist and Climate Cast host Paul Huttner sits down with Former Vice President Al Gore at his Climate Reality Leadership Corps …

Listening to the 'canaries in the coal mine' of climate change

August 2nd, 2019


Listening to the 'canaries in the coal mine' of climate change

Are trees the climate change silver bullet, or more silver buckshot?

July 25th, 2019


A new study published in the journal Science estimates that massive reforestation efforts could cut atmospheric carbon by about 25 percent. But are …

Climate Cast: Warm weather, storms, ticks and algae blooms

July 19th, 2019


Summer storms have ripped through the region, there's a new tick to talk about and algae blooms have taken over some Minnesota lakes. Chief …

When does climate change become climate crisis?

July 12th, 2019


Several media outlets are changing their stylebooks to replace the words climate change with climate crisis. Is this a good move that more accurately reflects the reality of the situation? Or does it hurt more than it …

Media changing their tone on climate change

June 27th, 2019


As climate events become more extreme, what's the most accurate way for news organizations describe, climate change?

Winners and losers in world food production under climate change

June 26th, 2019


Climate change is already affecting food production around the world, and it's unfolding in interesting ways.

How do species adapt as climate shifts habitats?

June 20th, 2019


Some recent studies on the rate of species extinction are getting a lot of attention. Habitats change as climate shifts. How will species adapt? …

Minn. leaders meet to address threats to lakes, rivers

June 19th, 2019


Threats to Minnesota's lakes and rivers, and how to best combat them, brought people from around the state together in Walker this week.

Hurricane season 2019 is here, and could be intense

June 13th, 2019


It's hurricane season again. In the past few years several hurricanes have intensified so rapidly it surprised forecasters. What do we know about climate science and hurricanes in 2019? Hurricane expert Gabe Vecchi, …

Mercedes Benz is going carbon neutral

June 6th, 2019


German automaker Mercedes Benz is the latest to make the move toward a carbon-neutral auto fleet. The automaker pledges to change factories and vehicles to go carbon neutral by 2039. But how does a high-performance …

How climate change is making Minnesota skies hazy

June 5th, 2019


Hazy skies have stuck around for over a week in Minnesota as wildfire smoke from the Canadian Rockies continues blowing into the state. And it looks like this will be the state's new normal for this summer, and likely …

A Gustavus student is suing Trump over climate change

May 30th, 2019

Nathan Baring, a 19-year-old Minnesota college student, is a plaintiff in the landmark Juliana v. United States climate change lawsuit. Oral …

How climate change is affecting Minnesota's apples and wine grapes

May 29th, 2019


Minnesota apples are world famous for quality. And northern wine grapes and wineries are popping up all over. But what climate trends and impacts are growers seeing as climate shifts? We explore on this week's …

How climate change risk is showing up in real estate

May 23rd, 2019


The concept is pretty simple: Rising seas higher storm surges, and unprecedented flooding adds up to more risk for trillions of dollars of real …

Study: Fossil fuels will be necessary in cold winters

May 22nd, 2019


A quarter of electric power in Minnesota last year came from renewable sources. But what's the highest percentage of renewables that will still …

What we don't know about polar ice melt

May 16th, 2019


The rate of polar ice melt is a critical wild card in projecting sea level rise and climate change impacts. Just how quickly will the polar ice …

North Dakota's new boom: wind energy

May 15th, 2019


"Wind energy means jobs, and these are really good jobs," says one industry leader.

Fish on the move under climate change

May 9th, 2019


A new study in the journal Nature finds fish are on the move because of climate change. But which species can adapt, and which will run out of favorable ocean real estate as they reach their thermal limits? Malin …

Dean Phillips' case for a carbon fee to tackle climate change

May 8th, 2019


Rep. Dean Phillips, who represents Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District, announced last month that he's sponsoring the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.

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